Oh What To Do During a Portland Summer
This being the summer after my freshman year away at college, I'm wondering what this respite from school holds in store.
It was a whirlwind June for my family; a month which saw my oldest brother get married to my now sister-in-law. He's the first of the eight of us to be married. For a little summary, check out my personal blog regarding the wedding: My Brother, Sister-in-Law & the Flower Girl
The following week, with my parents approval, of course, myself and my three younger sisters were allowed to house sit Brian and Carla's San Francisco apartment. That allowed me a chance to show my sisters (ages 17, 14 and 3-1/2) around the area, including a ride across the golden gate bridge for lunch one day, a day trip to the coast and the cute little town of Half Moon Bay, and some other adventures.
My summer really begins on July 3 when my sisters and I make the drive home to Milwaukie. Following some Fourth of July festivities, I'll begin working at my family's business -- up until it's time to go back down to school.
But a girl can't live on just work alone!
I want to take the opportunity this summer to check out some things I haven't experienced around my home town. Sure, there will be times I go out with friends but, even then, it doesn't seem like the same hangouts will do. We're all a year removed from high school, so it might just be time to move on. Certainly not to sound snobbish, but it's time to find new places ... and new adventures.
Even prior to the Timbers' promotion to the MLS, I''ve never attended a game. There seems to be so much fanaticism surrounding Portland's other professional sports team, that it seems only natural to take in a game at Jeld Wen Field. That is, if tickets can be found. Rumor has it that it's an incredible experience with tens of thousands of your closest friends. Though never a real big soccer fan, I am a fan of Portland, and it's just plain natural to see this phenomenon that is the Timbers.
Despite having been to northwest Portland only a few times, it's always been enjoyable. There are so many little restaurants to try out, so many galleries to visit and so many cute stores at which to shop. There likely will be several trips to this interesting and sometimes eclectic part of Portland this summer.
As far as family outings are concerned, there are usually about a half dozen camping trips up and around Mt. Hood, and there will be more days at the beach. Seaside is nice, but there's a spot near Manzanita which has always been a personal favorite.
Of course on those days here in town there will be reacquainting with friends, spending loads of time with family, and checking in on the Blazer Dancer auditions.
I've enjoyed Cristi's blogs over the past season, and have had a chance to get to know Veronica a bit via twitter and blog comments. No offense to the numerous hopefuls, but these are my girls. I have no choice but to pull for them both!
There you have it. It may be summer, but it looks like the plate is already pretty full. And to think, I thought I was busy during the school year.
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